Monday, September 19, 2011

Food, Glorious Food!

Hey everyone, check out our new foodbook display!*

Is there any book more tempting than a foodbook? I've decided to rename this genre, because its contents have spilled over like a particularly frothy puree onto the shelves of memoir, fiction and nonfiction. In our store, the cookbook section now includes the ever-growing "food essay" section; home to such recent hits as Gabrielle Hamilton's Blood, Bones & Butter, Suzan Colon's Cherries in Winter, and David Lebovitz's The Sweet Life in Paris. The only unlikely thing about the current surge of popular foodbooks is that it took so long to arrive.
Maybe there was always some deeper insight itching to escape the rigorousness of recipes, the strict how-tos of browning meat or folding in egg whites. I like to imagine the sheer weight of food-borne emotion busting the seams of cookbooks, spawning blogs and research and novels.
We haven't neglected the genre that started it all, and our food-crazed staff have recommended some new classics that you may just start to gnaw on as you stand in line:

Fried Chicken and Champagne by Lisa Dupar
"Congratulations Lisa Dupar! Fried Chicken and Champagne is the winner of the 2011 IACP Julia Child Award. Share the goodness of Pomegranate Bistro with your friends and family."

Vegan Soul Kitchen by Bryant Terry
"Proving that healthy doesn't have to equal boring, Terry brings an eclectic "remix" to traditional Southern recipes that is creative and flavorful. Strongly recommended for vegans and non-vegans alike who are looking for some variety."

We also have some citrus-centric novels:

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
"Aimee Bender writes a sensitive and insightful character in Rose Edelstein: a young girl whose coming of age is framed, for better or worse, by her ability to taste emotions in the food she eats."

Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris
"Harris dissects village life so well; here in a more somber tone than in "Chocolat." The result is an intriguing, complex interplay of past and present, youth and age, memory and truth. And, of course, food plays a major role."

And as we all know, the best gifts are edible, so here's some inspiration for your next project:

Delicious Gifts by Jess McCloskey
"How better to enter into the gift giving season than with this treasure of a book by Jess McCloskey. There is no better way into someone's heart."

I'm going to go home and cook something now. Happy Fall!

*This awesome sign was made by Jaime.

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